HouseParent – Hutton Settlement


Spokane, WA

Position: Hutton Settlement Houseparent (Live-In)

Salary: $48,000 individual / $98,000 for couple (plus free housing and other benefits)

Definition: Hutton Settlement is a long-term children’s home serving youth for over 100 years in the Spokane Valley. In accordance with the Hutton Settlement values, mission, and vision, a relief houseparent serves as a team-based parental figure within a cottage family unit. Provides a nurturing environment and supportive relationships for children in residence.

Supervisor: Campus Director

Schedule: Full-time (8 days on, 3 days off) – Houseparents must reside on-campus during shifts, typically between the hours of 2:00pm and 9:00am on weekdays during the school year and changing in the summer months. The hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm are considered “off time” on weekdays when residents are in school.



  • Responsible for the development of resonant relationships with each assigned child, exercising major responsibility for the development of earned security and social- emotional growth through attachment-based parenting methods. Counsels children to alleviate and address personal and family difficulties.
  • Participates in Circle of Security parent consultations and related development practices for personal awareness and growth
  • Promotes a sense of belonging for children in care through active participation in campus and community engagement activities.
  • Teaches and encourages assigned children in the development of good habits and values through the implementation of a balanced cottage program, including clear expectations and approved discipline according to the agency discipline policy and primary houseparents’ cottage plan.
  • Plans, supervises, and participates in the daily activities of cottage children including social/ leisure time, recreation, chores, school, and spiritual activities.
  • Teaches health principles, and monitors and directs children’s personal hygiene. Prepares balanced, nutritional meals for assigned children.
  • Monitors children’s medical and dental needs to include documentation of medication given. Assists with attendance at children’s counseling, medical, or dental sessions as needed.


  • Assists with the planning and implementation of weekly menu plan.
  • Implements housekeeping program as defined by the primary houseparents, with the assistance of age appropriate children for the development of a healthy work ethic and responsibility. Maintains standards of cottage cleanliness daily.
  • Promotes sense of community contribution with children in care through assistance with maintaining the exterior grounds around the cottage and within determined areas of responsibility on campus.
  • Assists with inventories and inspects entire cottage regularly, reporting all deficiencies to the Campus Director for replacement or repair. Conducts monthly fire drills.
  • Organizes, encourages, assists, and supervises children’s educational activities within the cottage. Supports children in finding and expressing their gifts. Refers assigned children for remedial education as needed.
  • Serves as a member of the houseparent team to assist with cottage decision-making and promote clear, consistent communication.
  • Maintains healthy, supportive relationships and connections with children’s family and professional staff.
  • Participates in staff conferences, in-service training programs, case meetings of children, and unit meetings as directed.
  • Additional duties as determined by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent degree. College degree preferred.
  • Two years of experience working or living with children and/or families.
  • Willingness to live full-time in an intentional community setting.
  • No remote work

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: From $48,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance